Saturday, January 5, 2013

CyberTorts: What the Kids Are Doing

In 2010 I posted predicting the revival of privacy torts through online social media.  Unfortunately for lots of folks who have come to us, and too many others, I was right.

On Friday Courtney and I traveled to Portland so I could speak about CyberTorts at the Western Regional Conference for USLSA, the University Student Legal Services Association.

For those of you who don't know, SLS programs around the country serve university students at low or no cost with the help of supervised interns (third year law students).  It's a fantastic program for students, who are often targeted because it is assumed they lack the knowledge and resources to protect themselves.  It's also a fantastic program for law students, who get the experience of managing real cases and helping real clients long before they ordinarily would in private practice.

My job was to provide some insight and resources for SLS program supervising lawyers, and their interns, to fight back against online bullying, harassment, invasion of privacy, and defamation.  These problems are typical to the college-age populations they serve.  The SLS supervisors from around the country were a fun bunch with a great sense of humor and fierce curiosity.

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